Statistics Don't Support Police Bias
Last updated 6/8/2020 at 4:01pm
Carter Heyward’s letter in the June 4 issue of The Times deserves a reply.
Heather MacDonald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, authored an op-ed piece in the June 5 issue of the Wall St. Journal entitled “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.” In her essay, Ms. MacDonald states that in 2019, police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were approximately a quarter of those killed by police officers last year, which amounted to 235 deaths, a ratio that has remained stable since 2015.
In 2018, the latest year for whi...